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Australia commemorates United Nations Day



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PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE MINISTER FOR

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Senator The Hon Brett Mason

24 October 2013

AUSTRALIA COMMEMORATES UNITED NATIONS DAY

Today Australia marks the sixty-eighth anniversary of the formation of the United Nations.

“Australia was a founding member of the UN in 1945 and we remain as committed as we were then to achieve practical and positive outcomes for Australia and the world,” said Senator Brett Mason, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

“The UN brings together 193 countries to find ways to address the world’s most pressing challenges, and is a forum where states - no matter their size - can have their voices heard.”

“This year’s UN anniversary is especially significant for Australia as we sit on the UN Security Council for the first time in almost 30 years,” said Senator Mason.

Australia is a key supporter of the UN and the 12th largest contributor to the UN’s regular and peacekeeping budgets.

Our $629million dollar contribution to UN development and humanitarian agencies in 2012/13 shows our strong commitment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

“Through our support for the UN’s development and humanitarian work, Australia has helped to improve the lives of people living in poverty by providing access to safe water and basic sanitation, immunisation programs and quality education,” said Senator Mason.

Australia is also committed to working in the UN to advance disarmament and non-proliferation, and played a key role in negotiating the recently adopted Arms Trade Treaty.

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